Sebastian Koto Khoarai

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His Eminence
Sebastian Koto Khoarai
Cardinal, Bishop-Emeritus of Mohale's Hoek
Church Roman Catholic Church
Diocese Mohale's Hoek
See Mohale's Hoek
Appointed 10 November 1977
Term ended 11 February 2014
Predecessor None; diocese established
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of San Leonardo da Porto Maurizio ad Acilia (2016-)
Ordination 21 December 1956
Consecration 2 April 1978
by Alfonso Liguori Morapeli
Created cardinal 19 November 2016
by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal Priest
Personal details
Birth name Sebastian Koto Khoarai
Born (1929-09-11) 11 September 1929 (age 89)
Koaling, Lesotho
Previous post
  • President of the Episcopal Conference of Lesotho (1982-1987)
Coat of arms Sebastian Koto Khoarai's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Sebastian Koto Khoarai
Priestly ordination
Date of ordination 21 December 1956
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator Alfonso Liguori Morapeli
Co-consecrators Joseph Patrick Fitzgerald
Paul Khoarai
Date of consecration 2 April 1978
Elevated by Pope Francis
Date of elevation 19 November 2016
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Sebastian Koto Khoarai as principal consecrator
John Joale Tlhomola, SCD 10 May 2014
Styles of
Sebastian Koto Khoarai, OMI
Coat of arms of Sebastian Koto Khoarai.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Sebastian Koto Khoarai, O.M.I. (born 11 September 1929) is a prelate of the Catholic Church and bishop emeritus of Mohale's Hoek, Lesotho. Khoarai was born in Koaling in the diocese of Leribe in 1929. He entered the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and was ordained a priest in 1956.

He was appointed in 1977 as ordinary of Mohale's Hoek, receiving episcopal consecration in 1978. In May 2006, he submitted his resignation upon reaching the age limit, but remained as apostolic administrator of the diocese until February 2014. From 1982 to 1987 he served as president of the Episcopal Conference of Lesotho.

On October 9, 2016, Pope Francis announced that Khoarai would be created a cardinal on 19 November 2016 and become Lesotho's first cardinal. Khoarai is not eligible to vote in a conclave because he is over the age limit of 80. Because of his age he was unable to attend the consistory on 19 November,[1] but he later received the biretta in Lesotho from the hands of the apostolic nuncio Peter Bryan Wells.[2]


  1. ^ McElwee, Joshua J. (19 November 2016). "Creating new cardinals, Francis warns against 'virus of polarization' in the church". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Andrea, Tornielli (19 November 2016). "Concistoro per 17 nuovi cardinali, San Pietro si tinge di porpora". La Stampa. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
diocese established
Bishop of Mohale's Hoek
10 November 1977—10 February 2014
Succeeded by
John Joale Tlhomola
Preceded by
titular church established
Cardinal Priest of San Leonardo da Porta Maurizio ad Acilia
19 November 2016
Succeeded by